Vaccination Needs Private Sector Involvement: COPARMEXBy Jorge Ramos Zwanziger | Thu, 01/14/2021 - 17:45
Earlier this week, Mexico received a new batch of 439,729 COVID-19 vaccines, which would be distributed by the Mexican Army. The delivery of this large number of doses generates logistical challenges considering Mexico’s large territory and the strict storage conditions of Pfizer’s vaccines.
"We will go from 13 vaccination units to 1,000 in the 32 states," explained Hugo López-Gatell, Deputy Minister of Health, at the Jan. 12 morning press conference, reported Expansión Política. By late Wednesday, 94,395 doses had been applied, reports Animal Político. While there is no set number of daily vaccinations, hospitals have only five days to use all the doses, ISSSTE’s Communication Area told Animal Político.
Because of that, members of the private sector are currently conversing with the federal government to be able to participate in Mexico’s vaccination plan, reports Expansión Política, with the goal of accelerating immunization in the country and to guarantee a faster vaccination rate and a smaller death rate.
To date, a total of 546,975 Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines have arrived in the country of which 197,567 have been applied, reports Expansión Política. However, this is a slow pace considering that Mexico’s population is around 130 million people. Having the private sector participate in the distribution of the vaccine “will allow us to accelerate the vaccination process,” Héctor Valle, Executive President of the Mexican Health Foundation (FUNSALUD), told Expansión. “Right now, the vaccines that are arriving are being applied but once many more vaccines arrive at the same time, Mexico will need a larger logistic capacity to apply them.” Valle argues that the medical staff of private hospitals, clinics and even doctors that work in companies could support vaccination efforts.
“The best way to face the COVID-19 pandemic is through joint work. To join the efforts of the private and public sectors will allow the vaccine to reach all Mexicans on time. We are ready to help!” said today the official Twitter account of the Labor Confederation of Mexico (COPARMEX). COPARMEX has expressed interest in having the private sector support vaccination plans. The government has agreements with Pfizer, AstraZeneca and CanSino, but COPARMEX has suggested that vaccination efforts could benefit from support from the Mexican private sector. "We ask the Mexican government to accept the participation of logistics operators and private actors to speed up and make vaccination easier," said a COPARMEX representative, according to Expansión Política.